• Dragnet (1987)


Release Date: 1987

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 1998

PG-13 |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

No-nonsense Los Angeles detective Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) is partnered with the wisecracking Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks), a hip upstart cop, and the mismatched duo is ordered to investigate a strange series of ritual killings. Though Friday and Pep do their share of quarreling, they eventually trace the clues to an ominous cult, and the officers interrupt a violent ceremony. Friday then begins a romance with near-victim Connie Swail (Alexandra Paul), but it could hinder his police work.

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul, Jack O'Halloran, Elizabeth Ashley, Dabney Coleman

Director: Tom Mankiewicz

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Permut Presentations

Keywords: Pursuit , Love interest , Quest , Police station , Los Angeles , Madcap , Rescue , Rivalry , 1980s , Playful ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is great for an hour, good for about 25 minutes and then heads doggedly for the Standard 1980s High Tech Hollywood Ending, which means an expensive chase scene and a shootout. show more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    Dragnet winks at its source material often, but besides a committed lead performance by Dan Aykroyd and the return of Webb’s partner, Harry Morgan, little remains of the original show. This ain’t your grandmother’s Dragnet; it’s your deranged drunk uncle’s Dragnet. show more

  • 75
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    If the movie has a weakness, it's an over-reliance on Bond-style car chases and mass action scenes, which take away from the much richer and more original character comedy. But Mankiewicz's basic instincts seem admirable. He knows that a movie begins with people, and that`s a very good start. show more

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